Early Childhood Studies

Discover Early Childhood Studies

We know that young minds crave imaginative education. Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course will equip you with the skills to deliver creative learning to the 0-8 age range. You’ll gain a strong understanding of early childhood by exploring how children develop, learn, and think.

If you want to lead the Foundation Curriculum, you can study BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status, which will give you the professional status of EYTS alongside your undergraduate degree.

Early Childhood Studies gives you the opportunity to:

  • gain valuable real world experience by undertaking a placement for two days each week
  • explore the importance of identifying and meeting children’s needs, enabling you to make a real difference to their lives
  • apply for a place on an international placement. If you’re selected, you’ll spend four weeks at a school in Milan.

You can also study Early Childhood Studies as a joint honours degree and combine it with another subject.

Where will it take you?

98.4% of our Early Childhood Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course.

Early childhood is a fast growing area of employment in the UK, and our course will prepare you for a range of careers in the independent, private, and public sectors. If you're interested in becoming a teacher, you could progress onto our PGCE course.

Previous graduates have secured careers as Nursery Managers, Self Employed Childminders, Deputy Faculty Heads, and Play Group Managers.

Discover Derby

Derby is a lively, welcoming city packed with vibrant personalities and everything you’ll need as a student – shopping, eating out, nightlife, sports, and entertainment. It’s also one of the UK’s most forward thinking cities, renowned for technology and innovation, and boasts the fastest growing economy in the UK.

Join us at an Open Day

Choosing the right university is a big decision, so we’d love to help by showing you what we have to offer. You can find out more about Early Childhood Studies from our friendly staff, and our current students will be on hand to give you an insight into life at the University of Derby. You can also tour the campus and halls of residence to discover if we’re the university for you.


Join us at an Open Day

Book your place at our next open day - this will give you the opportunity to attend subject talks, tour the University and speak to both the teaching team and current students of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course.


According to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), 98% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course.